New Nato infrastructure facility opens at Tapa Base, Estonia

2 July 2020 (Last Updated July 2nd, 2020 12:01)

Nato has announced the opening of its infrastructure facility for allied troops at the Tapa Base in Estonia.

New Nato infrastructure facility opens at Tapa Base, Estonia
Nato has opened a new infrastructure facility at the Tapa Base in Estonia. Credit: Ardi Hallismaa, Estonian Defence Forces.

Nato has announced the opening of its infrastructure facility for allied troops at the Tapa Base in Estonia.

Built with a €20m ($22.5m) investment, the project received majority funding through the Nato Security Investment Programme (NSIP).

The new facility will serve as a base for allied troops to take part in short-notice exercises and deployments quickly and effectively.

The new infrastructure comprises barracks for troop accommodation, a storage area for prepositioning of equipment and vehicles, a medical centre and a helipad.

It will ensure flexibility and rapid movement of Nato forces, including the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) throughout the territory of Baltic Allies.

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said: “The project in Tapa shows burden-sharing in action.

“It is also an example of allies meeting the commitments they made at the Wales Summit in 2014 and the Warsaw Summit in 2016, to enhance Nato’s ability to quickly and effectively reinforce its eastern allies.”

In order to facilitate the Readiness Action Plan, Nato Allies have launched a programme to construct more than 200 similar projects.

Currently, the infrastructure to support the prepositioning of military supplies, staging and training is under construction in eight Nato nations.

Investment for the facilities is supported through common funding.

Last month, Nato introduced a curriculum to help allies and partner nations improve their counter-terrorism strategies.

Known as Counter-Terrorism Reference Curriculum (CTRC), it provides an outline of terrorist ideologies, motivations and methods based on historical examples.